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{simple things} a girls' night

wade is still on the road (finally returning home on tuesday). ellen from black and white and loved all over is in the same boat w/ her husband nekos on the road too. only she's super woman - playing the part of single mom for 9 days straight!

yet she was still able to pull off a perfect girls' night over the weekend. completely w/ a yummy spread - emily @ little observations brought the best homemade pickles, faith - a salsa and pimento cheese platter w/ serious kick, and laura - her apple crumble cake which is the ultimate test now that i'm gfree. and there was sooo much more + sweet babies and pups, excellent conversation and henna! simply perfect. ellen is so cool.

i fixed up a little something gluten free so i could indulge too! i've been desperately in need of a piece of cake lately (wade had a funnel cake right in front of me the other weekend - absolutely no sympathy. gah!).

easy gluten-free triple layer lemon strawberry shortcake (inspired by betty crocker's lemon lovers cupcake recipe & this cooking lite recipe shared by cakies last week):

5 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 sugar

6 eggs
1 1/3 cups of water
1 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
a few drops of lemon juice

add'l ingredients/supplies:
2 cups whipped topping
4-5 whole strawberries
1/2 cup s'moreables gfree graham crackers
butter or shortening to prep your pans
oat flour to prep your pans
parchment paper

to make the strawberry filling, combine the sliced strawberries strawberries and sugar. cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

preheat oven to 350ยบ. prep 2 9" round cake pans ... grease, flour and add a parchment paper round in the bottom.

to make the shortcake, combine yellow cake mix, eggs, water, butter, grated lemon peel. add lemon juice to flavor. poor mix evenly into 2 prepared plans and sprinkle the top w/ sugar. bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. remove and for 10 minutes. carefully cut each cake into 2 layers horizontally using a serrated knife and allow the 4 new layers to cool completely. {remember to remove the parchment paper!}

once the top layer of 1 of your 2 cakes is cool, crumble into bits in the original baking pan. bake for 8 additional minutes. remove and allow to cool. crumble the graham crackers and mix w/ the cake crumbles. set aside.

allow everything to cool. then it's time to assemble!

place 1 bottom layer of shortcake on a cake plate and top w/ 1 cup of whipped topping. spoon half the strawberry mixture on top and then half the graham cracker mix on top of the strawberries. top w/ the other bottom layer of shortcake and repeat whipped topping, strawberries and crumble. (it's okay if a little spills over - i think that's part of the charm!) finally top with remaining shortcake layer (the remaining top) with the cut side down. garnish top with the whole strawberries. {i forgot them for the pictures ...woops!}


tiffany said...

looks like fun! I saw this blog and thought you should see:

Ellen Mallernee Barnes said...

awwww, too, too sweet! i am so happy you came! i had a ball. your cake was delicious. i think i may go have a piece right now! xoxo

blair @ a case of the mundays said...

@tiffany ... delicious! thank you so much for sharing. most definitely will be making her granola in the near future. and those zucchini boats with goat cheese & roasted tomatoes - oh yum! :)

@ellen - as always absolutely lovely hanging with you.

The Sugar Mountain said...

Oh gosh yum!!!!! Thanks for this recipe! And I'm dying to get henna art done! I've got a great friend from Palestine and she is an absolute pro! Xoxo

blair @ a case of the mundays said...

the henna party was a hit. everyone brought a little something as a tip. so fun! you should give it a go.

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